Windows Full VersionMar 8, 2014

Free Steganos Online Shield 365 (100% discount)

Terms and Conditions
  • This is a 1-user / 1-year / 5GB per month bandwidth license, for home and business use
  • You get free minor updates
  • No free support
  • Can be installed or re-installed whenever you want, as long as you get your license key and download the installer before this offer has ended
  • May not be resold
  • No refunds and exchanges; if you are having trouble activating or registering, please ask for help
Technical Details
  • Developed by Steganos
  • Current version is v1.1.3
  • Download size is 14.8 MB
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • VirusTotal scan results:

Steganos Online Shield 365 is a VPN service that focuses on protecting your privacy and preventing you from being infected by malware and viruses while surfing the web.

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  1. Melika

    Reply to this comment#20


    *sign* It’s Sunday Philx, a whole day after this offer, couldn’t you just let it go? No? Fine. I didn’t deserve your derogatory tone yesterday and I certainly don’t today. Since you have been so kind as to give me your wrath, let me see if I can earn it now.

    I never said I didn’t see the on/off button immediately or that there weren’t any pictures of it on their site. What I said was that the company makes it perfectly clear that one is supposed to use this program while “surfing the web”, ie. all the time. Not “when banking” or “when at the library”. As to your assertion that their pointing out the button somehow equates to “turn off to save bandwidth”, at no time does the site indicate this. In fact, all references to this button point unequivocally to “turn on”. Not even a “turn on at this point” and “turn off here”.

    I thought I made it pretty clear that the on/off button isn’t a consideration when deciding what/how a company wishes you to use their product. My antivirus has an on/off button, that doesn’t mean the company wants me to turn the antivirus off if I’m “just browsing”. I consider an on/off button to be a courtesy to me so that I have ample control over a program that can significantly slow down my traffic, not a mandate to turn it off. Steganos states clearly that a VPN is another layer of protection – they clearly want you to run this program while on the internet. Whether it is truly needed or wanted is up to the user.

    While I’m sure you have surrounded yourself with computer dolts, I’m not one of them. I know where to look for the settings and, more importantly, I have ways of stopping services without it. Yes, many programs load themselves to start with Windows. There are also many that do not. Actually, I would say a majority of my programs not involved in critical services don’t automatically start. Loading with Windows indicates desperation or need. I choose to believe that Steganos thinks their software is critical for personal/computer security. This evaluation I have based on their site propaganda.

    You seem to have misunderstood both of my posts. Let me see if I can make this clear enough for you:
    1) I wasn’t criticizing the on/off button, or lack thereof. I was addressing your ignorant and rude comments of which you had many that were unnecessary and ridiculous. Join the new millennium, learn how to automate your mundane computer tasks or at least stop bragging about something most computer savvy people would be embarrassed to admit.
    2) I DID criticize the 5gb limit for the following reasons:
    a) there is no clear indication on their site re: their product range or if they even have one.
    b) the company implies fairly clearly and consistently that they want you to use their program ALL THE TIME while on the internet. You simply “turn it on”. Period.
    3) I also criticized the lack of information on their site. I shouldn’t have to rely solely on SOS for the relevant information.
    4) I do criticize the fact that this company STILL does not supply information about their products. NONE of the two products listed (free & paid) have the limitations clearly marked. They do have a 500mb trial version (the “free” version). As best I can ascertain, there is only ONE paid version, which we received yesterday. I tried “buying” this program and there is no indication that it is unlimited, so I don’t know that they actually offer that option as you stated.
    5) I commended them on their VPN speed, but that is changing a bit today.
    6) I was criticizing & rebuffing your derogatory tone and implications against myself; rather gently yesterday in case you hadn’t intended to come off so rudely. Thank you for clarifying your stance today.

    You owe everyone here, and particularly Ashraf, an apology for yesterday and today; you have contributed nothing but unpleasantness. If you can’t manage that, then kindly remain silent.

    I won’t be addressing your response to Bruce; he is a grown man, he can defend himself if he feels it is needed.

    @ Ashraf: Thanks for this site, it is very nice. I hope you have passed some of these issues on to the company so that they can (hopefully) create a better user experience on their site.

  2. Philx

    Reply to this comment#19

    @ Melika: [quote]: “This company doesn’t advertise this program as something to turn on or off depending on your need – they load this baby to start when Windows starts and they advertise that you want to have a VPN at all times. If that is the product they are pushing, then 5GB is too small. I expect something similar in my security program, which does run all the time.” [unquote]

    The Steganos product page for Online Shield features an instantly identifiable image of the actual turn on or off switching facility above text that says: ‘It couldn’t be easier. Protect your connection with only one click of your mouse.’ Nor is that the only mention of one click mouse protection’: clickability is a recurring theme. Of course, elsewhere on that same page, it does say: ‘Encrypting continuously is the best protection against hackers’. Fair enough. If that’s what this particular producer wishes to argue out of altruistic goodwill or pragmatic profit-seeking, I’ve no objection. Doesn’t mean I have to agree though. Doesn’t mean I have to sign up for the cost of expensive continuous protection. The developer has freedom of speech; I have freedom of choice. Simple as that.

    As to [quote]: “they load this baby to start when Windows starts” [unquote] so do countless other developers, as you’ll surely know. But Steganos doesn’t impose load-on-boot as a permanency: clicking on Menu / Settings immediately displays a selection of user options, including the facility to uncheck “automatically activate protection when Windows starts”.

    As with your criticism of the developer’s alleged failure to make clear that the program has a need-dependent switchable control when, in fact, the developer actually has an excellent picture of that very control on its product page, so, too, with your criticism of load-on-boot, a complaint easily applicable to hundreds if not thousands of apps and programs out there – and just as easily rectified in user/chooser Settings.

    Where I do agree with you, and made clear in my post, is that Steganos really needs to provide much more product information than is currently the case, and especially its encryption process. Other than that, I have no complaints at all. The developer provides three user options for this software: a free of charge download and install with free of charge evaluation of 500Mb VPN usage per month, and two further paid-for options, the first of 5Gb VPN usage a month, the second of unlimited VPN usage per month. The middle option was that offered here. In regard to which:

    @ BruceM: On this SoS page, it is clearly stated under the bold type heading “Terms and Conditions”:: “This is a 1-user / 1-year / 5GB per month bandwidth license, for home and business use”.

    Quite how you took that to be indicative of deceitful behaviour, I’ve no idea, still less why having read the T&Cs of this 1-user / 1-year / 5Gb per month bandwidth license offer you blithely went ahead with it only to be “as annoyed as hell” with the developer because, guess what? It provided you with a 1-user / 1-year / 5Gb per month bandwidth license. Well, er, yes. Definitely, the developer’s fault.

    Candidly speaking, and in view of your recounted experience of your time in the computing industry, I’d have thought you of all people would streetwise enough to appreciate the importance of never accepting any offer without first checking its T&Cs. However: as you are [quote] “a business executive, professional writer, and returning graduate student” [unquote] might it be that on this occasion, you were too busy with all those commitments to take the most elementary of steps?

    It’s also evident from your post that you’re struggling to be an amateur psychologist, too – fair enough, everyone should have a hobby – but if it is the case that your existing workload is playing havoc with your ability to read plain English, then perhaps it’d be best not to attempt any further appraisals of the assumed behavioral patterns of others. Yes?

  3. BruceM

    Reply to this comment#18

    While PhilX’s angry comments towards other posters here indicates to me, at least, the he apparently does nothing more significant than check the dozen e-mails that he probably receives in average month, followed by assiduously cleaning his machine (possibly indicating obsessive / compulsive disorder problems), I agree with Melika’s comments about automation taking care of that for the average computer user who is not otherwise afflicted. As far as the Steganos product goes, as others have pointed out, the monthly limitation of 5GB of total monthly traffic is far too limited for me, given how much time I spend browsing various websites / reading on-line articles, doing on-line coursework / simulations, making online purchases, or downloading articles, software evaluations, etc., in an average month.

    As a business executive, professional writer, and returning graduate student, this 5GB is less than what I deal with on an average week (sometimes less than what I might deal with on a weekend). While Ashraf is correct in mentioning that Steganos, unlike other companies who provide give-away’s here, must pay the costs for on-going server farm administration (including additional purchases, maintenance, server farm hosting facility, utilities, etc.), the real cost of their operation is in the monthly bandwidth charges that a firm like them will have to pay – having worked for the leading internet “bandwidth accelerator / content delivery provider” company back in the 2000 time-frame, I know that monthly bandwidth charges can far exceed their server farm costs if they have thousands+ of users.

    What bothers me about this give-away was that they failed to identify, up front, that it was a limited traffic service they were offering. I would have been much happier about installing their product, knowing it was for evaluation purposes, if that had been disclosed up front. To find that out only after the installation is annoying as hell to me. Honestly, corporate honesty (pun intended) is too costly to lose through this type of sloppy misrepresentation of their product / service than any incremental sales they may gain from someone hitting the “buy unlimited” button without even having tried them out.

    If I were to buy an unlimited VPN service such as they are offering, I would most likely go back to using Anonymizer’s service, which I have used, off and on, since 1998, and whose quality I am well familiar with. While Steganos’ fees are less than Anonymizer’s annual cost, I am annoyed that they misrepresented their product / service as being a 100% discount – not true when it is nothing more than an evaluation-level product. This type of sales tactic doesn’t predispose me to trusting them as a provider of critical privacy services (whether it is protecting me at a public WiFi spot, protecting my web surfing patterns from being monitored and sold by my ISP, or from the occasional NSA idiot wondering what I’m doing this week).

  4. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#17

    [@Melika] I agree — their website is terribly inadequate in regards to info about this product.

  5. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#16

    @Everyone: FWIW, you have to remember, a giveaway of a VPN isn’t like a giveaway of a regular traditional program. Giving away a regular offline program does not cost a company anything (ignoring potential lost sales). However, giving away a VPN costs the company quite a bit of money related to server maintenance — essentially, they are incurring a cost for a giveaway. So it is logical for them to place some limitation, such as the 5GB per month. Do I like it? Nope. However, that is reality. Steganos isn’t a charity; they are a business and they need to ensure they don’t incur too many loses while marketing their product.

  6. Melika

    Reply to this comment#15


    @ PhilX: I’m not sure if you just called me out or complimented my review. Seriously, wow on the angry, personal response. At least we do agree that there are outlandish negative comments.

    Update for anyone interested: I’ve been running this all day and have been watching YouTube videos, and downloading things at the same time. With the exception of an occasional hiccup in the video when a new download starts (which can happen without this), I haven’t noticed ANY lag times in video playing or downloading…unless this program is only pretending to work and not really doing anything at all, in which case the NSA will have more boring classical music videos to wade through.

    I did receive an upgrade notice when restarting the program mentioning unlimited something (yes, I clicked “no” too quickly), so I am assuming there is a higher priced version of this software with no bandwidth restrictions. It seems you have to use the pop-up link to get to the page where you can upgrade as there isn’t anything explicitly promoted on their site.

    it defense of all we losers out here who can barely manage to cope with our routine cleaning – it’s 2014. The hope of computers from the olden days long, long ago in 1980 has finally been fulfilled – it’s called “automation”, which is closely related to something called a “schedule”. That’s right, I’ve got bigger things to take up my brain power than mundane computer tasks. This company doesn’t advertise this program as something to turn on or off depending on your need – they load this baby to start when Windows starts and they advertise that you want to have a VPN at all times. If that is the product they are pushing, then 5GB is too small. I expect something similar in my security program, which does run all the time.

    As a program to use when you are on a publicly accessible network or during sensitive transactions, then this is definitely worth the download. If you are someone who must access public networks often, then you may need to purchase the upgrade, but you probably already knew that.

  7. Evan

    Reply to this comment#14

    What level of encryption does this product use?

  8. Corstiaan

    Reply to this comment#13

    @Philx Can’t you give a normal comment what have I done to you?:I dont have to like this program and did you know all without learning.Best wishes

  9. Philx

    Reply to this comment#12

    Sensible comments aside on this thread — what few there are: is Saturday the day when ingrates come out to play? Certainly seems like it.

    First off: this is a VPN. Doh. ALL VPNs have a performance hit to varying degrees, albeit my experimentation with this particular app today has been notable for how minimal that hit actually is. Second: amazingly enough, this neat little app has something called an ON button and something called an OFF button. So if you’re inexplicably inclined to want to play games online using a VPN — I can’t for the life of me figure out why, but then, I’m not a gamer — then click the button marked, er, OFF. Piccard’s first comment is as daft as it gets, speaking as it does of a total inability to work out how to even enter a license code to activate the 5Gb monthly allowance. Melika’s comment, by contrast, is at least constructive: like Melika, I wish the Steganos website was just a little more informative. But the key questions for me are: does this VPN work quickly, easily, efficiently and effectively when I want to shield my IP and add a layer of protection to online banking, purchasing, accounting, etc? Answer: yup. It most definitely does. Second question: does this drag my browsing and upload / download speed to a crawl when in operation? Nope. It doesn’t.

    As to those who seem to find it difficult to actually remember to turn something on, or something off, I’ve no idea how they cope with routine cleaning after an online session: me, I have the CCleaner icon sitting here as a QL and the instant I close my browser for the day, I hit that and that’s it: CCleaner opened, followed by cleaning completed. I don’t regard it as some kind of. . . encumbrance to have to remember to clean up. It’s just good house keeping. Similarly, I don’t regard oit as a pain in the backside to turn on, and turn off, this VPN.

    Finally: that oh-so mean 5Gb per month. Is it really that mean? Time will tell, but as I seem to have found an On/Off switch which has largely escaped mention here, I’m thinking that 5Gb will be fine for my needs. If I required anything more, I’d go to all the trouble of setting up my own VPN, but really, life’s too short for that kind of messing around.
    Thanks, then, SoS for facilitating this Ch1p offer to a wider audience, even if posters like Joanna seem to think that making a German-language promotion available to a predominantly English-language audience is in some way deplorable. Gee, shucks: naughty, naughty SoS. Thanks, too, to Steganos: I used the SoS instructions — carefully spelt out in English, Joanna, though by your reckoning, SoS really shouldn’t have bothered, should it? I mean: we all read German tech magazines, don’t we? We all know exactly what they’re saying and the offers they’re promoting — to follow the developer’s licensing link and received my license code within 2 minutes flat.

    I appreciate, no two people are going to have the same experience of software as specific as this, so my encounter with this Steganos product doesn’t mean that anyone else will axiomatically have an identical experience. Equally though, that doesn’t mean posters on here so glibly talking about uninstalling-not-worth-it-yah-boo-sucks-meanie-meanie-meanie should be regarded as definitive guides, either. . .

  10. Joanna

    Reply to this comment#11

    This not your promotion, only chip promotion.

  11. Corstiaan van der Staaij

    Reply to this comment#10

    Thanks Piccard I allready uninstalled it after I found out that it was not as good as I thought.Best regards

  12. piccard

    Reply to this comment#9

    [@Corstiaan van der Staaij] It’s a real waste of time as it is an unnecessary piece of software and any good malware fighter would do a better job..but here is the number you so desire

  13. Corstiaan van der Staaij

    Reply to this comment#8

    Hello I’m not getting a serialnumber.If I send a emailadress the reply is that my IP adrtess is in use since a short time.I’ve tried 2 different adresses but if the use the IP adress that wont help.Can you help me? Besty regards Corstiaan

  14. Jessica

    Reply to this comment#7

    I spent about an hour researching this product before downloading it. Only then did I come here to read the comments. After reading that there is a severe limit like this on the usage I am not even going to bother installing it. Too bad it did sound good. I currently pay for a vpn and it’s good but I am taking a huge hit in my internet speed while using it so am checking around for any that do not slow one down while remaining very lowpriced.

  15. Melika

    Reply to this comment#6

    I do NOT play online games and I have to agree with some of the other users, 5 GB is very limited. I go through more than that in a month. Maybe the intention of this software is to only use it when making purchases, but I really don’t want to have to remember to turn the product on/off depending on which site I am visiting.

    Their product page is lacking information. They don’t really describe this limitation and they make it sound as if you should always have the software running while on the internet so that your sessions are private and secure. They have a free version of this software, but they don’t even bother to describe the differences between it and the paid.

    I haven’t noticed any particular lags in speed while surfing the internet with this running. I visited 3 sites and am currently watching YouTube videos. If I start noticing problems, I’ll probably post an update.

    It’s free today, so I’ll probably keep it, but I’ll have to turn it off for regular browsing to save bandwidth. I would like to see them get a more informative web site.

  16. Kruk

    Reply to this comment#5

    After using this your internet will be like tttttttttttthhhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssss. Even more. I recommend SecurityKiss instead of this.

  17. Phil K

    Reply to this comment#4

    Thought “great” and then noticed how SEVERLY limited it is. ONLY 5 gb ?
    Stick it. Uninstalled immediately

  18. Steve

    Reply to this comment#3

    I’ve used VPN services before, some free, with no slowdown while playing online games. Installed this and the online game becomes unplayable from the lag. I do not recommend Steganos Online Shield 365 and uninstalled it.

  19. Sunnaze

    Reply to this comment#2

    Only 5GB!? That’s ridiculously low! If you have a teenager who loves online gaming, that’d probably get used up in a single day!

  20. piccard

    Reply to this comment#1

    It says 5 GB per month but it only really gives 500 per month …USELESS…..HELL-O!!!!!

Important Info

Terms and Conditions

  • This is a 1-user / 1-year / 5GB per month bandwidth license, for home and business use
  • You get free minor updates
  • No free support
  • Can be installed or re-installed whenever you want, as long as you get your license key and download the installer before this offer has ended
  • May not be resold
  • No refunds and exchanges; if you are having trouble activating or registering, please ask for help

Technical Details

  • Developed by Steganos
  • Current version is v1.1.3
  • Download size is 14.8 MB
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • VirusTotal scan results: